Industrial fasteners comprise a broad category of devices and tools that are used to connect parts together, usually in a permanent or semi-permanent way. Many of these are mechanical in nature and familiar to anyone who’s a homeowner, such as nuts, bolts, hinges, studs, handles, knobs flanges, rivets, and screws. Some items such as screws can be further broken down into multiple subcategories: thumbscrews, self-drilling, shoulder, captive, jackscrews, security, etc.
Beyond these basics, products in the fastener realm include:
- Gaskets and seals
- Sockets, washers and stampings
- Spacers and standoffs
- Pins (spring, cotter, slotted, dowel, coiled, grooved)
- U-clips, U-nuts, J-nuts, twin nuts, flat nuts, ring clips
- Adjustable levers
- Eyebolts, rod ends, strap clamps, and
- Thread repair kits, thread lockers
Lastly, this category of products also generally includes tools, assembly equipment, and related supplies.
Fasteners are used across wide swaths of industry, in nearly every type of product imaginable, from consumer devices like cell phones to industrial products, like robots and electric motors. You’ll also find them in everyday life in places one normally wouldn’t think of, such as the intricate staging used for major rock concerts.
While safety and quality are concerns in nearly every application, in some industries where fasteners are used, safety is paramount. Examples of this include the automotive manufacturing industry and aerospace applications. As such, some industries require specific rigorous standards for fasteners that are to be used in their products.